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  • Southwell Market stall
    Article: Apr 21, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    We held our stall this morning and signed up 31 people for the petition in spite of a quiet morning on the market. One couple took away a Lib Dem membership application form. We'll follow up some of the signatories in due course

  • Plastic Bags
    Article: Mar 30, 2018
    By Peter Scorer

    The Liberal Party and later the Lib Dems, have always championed the environment, unlike the other major parties, who lay claim to be recent converts but whose policies do not reflect their words. Join us in our campaign to stop the planet from drowning in plastic!
    The amount of plastic we use and then dump has been in the news lately. It has been revealed that many types of plastic and other materials that are laminated, cannot be re-cycled and end up in landfill, or worse, in the oceans.
    Supermarket packaging is a major source but many everyday products have changed over to plastic in recent years. Newspaper supplements and magazines through the post are usually wrapped in plastic (even the National Trust's, which should know better!). Pet food now comes in sachets rather than recyclable cans. Cereals come in plastic inside the cardboard box instead of paper. Notably, Weetabix has returned to paper after a spell using plastic. Tetra Packs (which orange juice comes in) aren't recyclable locally. The list goes on.
    The imposition of a 5p charge on plastic "one use" shopping bags has led to a brilliant 80% reduction in their use. However even buying loose vegetables and fruit in a supermarket leads to putting it in plastic bags to weigh them.
    Shopping locally can certainly reduce the amount of plastic we use. Use the local milkman - you can still get milk in glass bottles which are washed and re-used rather than in throw away plastic bottles. We need to apply pressure to local and national retailers to reduce the plastic in our packaging. Or at least use plastic we can re-cycle .

  • Article: Mar 26, 2018

    Southwell Market Sat 21st April

    Whilst there is a National Day of action on 31st March, the Local Party have decided to have a stall on Southwell Market on Sat 21st April.

    We will be there from 9am until the crowds die down - usually just after lunch. Please come along and offer some time to man the stall. We have T shirts and Leaflets, Stickers and Balloons to hand out and will be encouraging people to sign a petition.

  • Southwell Pothole 3
    Article: Mar 26, 2018

    At last The County Council has listed 111 residential roads for pothole repairs but very few are planned for our area, despite many deep potholes.
    The County Council has increased funding for road maintenance by £20 million over the next four years, but has done so by raiding the Social Care budget.
    To make matters worse, many of the few repairs that were done last year have already opened up again.
    Those repairs use a cold asphalt fill which gives a cheap fix but clearly is only a temporary measure.
    Quick repairs make the roads safer for now but must not be at the expense of longer lasting re-surfacing.
    Liberal Democrat Councillors will continue to press the County Council for a fair deal for Southwell and the villages
    To report potholes go to:- http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ transport/roads/potholes/report-a-pothole

  • Gates Close on Carillion
    Article: Mar 26, 2018

    Privatising the Profits
    Nationalising the Losses

    The demise of Carillion, builder and supplier of countless outsourced services to the Government, is the largest in a long line of failed outsourcing contracts.
    Government deals with the likes of G4S, Serco, National Express and Virgin East Coast have run into trouble with poorly run prisons, the debacle over security for the Olympic Games and the bailing out of the East Coast Main Line railway franchise, only a few of the problems.
    All over the country, local councils are slowly realising that outsourcing simply costs more and provides a poorer service than in-house services.
    Notts County Council is locked into a poor recycling contract with Veolia. As a result, Newark and Sherwood has one of the worse recycling rates in the whole country. Lib Dems want the contract to be re-negotiated.
    Lib Dem MPs and Councillors fully support properly funded Public Services. Whilst not fundamentally against outsourcing, they have tried to scrutinise outsourcing contracts to no avail.
    Even Conservative run Councils are taking these failed and costly contracts back into their control, directly employing local people to sort out the mess.